MS Dhoni's class is permanent: Steve Smith

MS Dhoni's class is permanent: Steve Smith
MS Dhoni's class is permanent: Steve Smith
PUNE: The Rising Pune Supergiant are yet to find their winning combination, but the Steve Smith-led team at least seem to have found a right opener in local boy Rahul Tripathi.

The skipper couldn't agree more.

Tripathi, who made a 23-ball 31 in their win over Royal Challengers Bangalore and a 17-ball 33 in their previous game against Gujarat Lions, has relieved the team think-tank after the first-choice opener Mayank Agarwal failed in the initial matches.

"Tripathi is very very good up the slot. He started off pretty positively and got us up to couple of good starts," the skipper said talking about the Maharashtra player on Friday.

"He was hitting the ball pretty well before the tournament started. I have been impressed by him. He is complementing Rahane very well. Rahane is very classical player, he plays some really good cricket shots and with Tripathi playing the big hits, they complement each other well," Smith said.

The Australian, who has been in India since almost two months now, 'ducked off' to Dubai for two days, to meet his family and get 'fresh' for the rest of IPL season. The Pune team had six days off in between their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore and next game versus Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Though his social media post from Dubai set speculations high, the skipper said his idea of a short trip was to make the most of the break, which is hard to find.

"It has been going on for a while now, playing four back-to-back Tests in India and then obviously the IPL, so the idea was to get a little away from the game for a while. Everyone around the world plays so much of cricket. The schedule is getting busier and busier, but you get used to it and I think you have to try and make the most of the little breaks you get. For me, the six days break was about just getting away for a little bit to get refresh mentally and relax," he said during an interaction at the team hotel.

With only two wins from five games so far, Smith's side is placed at second from last. He agreed that it is a tough task to find a right combination, especially for a new side like his.

"It can be difficult to find out the right combination. That is why we and Gujarat are in a bit of disadvantage as we are in the tournament's second year now where all the other teams had their core players around for a longer time. They probably have got the combination together for a longer time," he said.

Smith's predecessor MS Dhoni, who has scored only 61 runs from five games so far, has been facing flack for his average show in the league. But the Australian is undeterred.

"I am happy where MS is at the moment. He is playing the ball well in the nets. And as they say form is temporary, class is permanent, MS is a class player. He hit a monster of a six in the last game and we can see he is looking to find his groove. Hopefully we can see him making him his mark."

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